Local Young Heroes to be Honored

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How do you respond when your child does something incredible? Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund have established an Outstanding Youth Award for Exceptional Service in the fields of health and safety in the Baltimore Jewish Community.  (All youth from the greater Baltimore Jewish community are invited to participate.)  For the last 10 years, we… Read More

A 24-Hour Look At Baltimore

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In October, then Editor-in-Chief Maayan Jaffe solicited cover story ideas from the JT staff. I suggested a 24-hour look at Baltimore, reminiscent of my first photo assignment at a newspaper in Minneapolis many years ago — but with a special Jewish focus on the city. When we met to discuss the strategy of how we… Read More

Modern-Day Amalek

Marc Shapiro’s fine story of “Latkes With A Side Of The Lord” (Dec. 13) highlighted the targeting by Jews for Jesus of the vulnerable, lonely, young and confused on the University of Maryland campus. In the piece, Ruth Guggenheim [director of Jews for Judaism] went so far as to categorize the Messianics as “spiritual predators.”… Read More

Take Time To Ribbit

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“Frogs here, frogs there, frogs were jumping everywhere!” So go the lyrics to a truly infectious children’s song for Passover, which focuses comically on the plague of frogs, found in our Torah portion this Shabbat, Va’eira.  A close reading of the beginning of Exodus 8 will point out a linguistic anomaly. The threat made to… Read More

We’re In This Together

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What does it mean to be Jewish? What is the nature of Jewish identity? I’ll leave the age-old question of “Who is a Jew?” to those more qualified than I to settle. I’m instead referring to the reality that whether you live in Towson, go to college at Johns Hopkins, hang out at either of… Read More

Birthright Held Hostage

It is a fact of political life that an adept politician will zig then zag, halt and then advance, in an effort to reach a particular goal. That process is not always smooth. And sometimes, politicians stumble. In the Israeli government, political leaders and erstwhile allies, Treasury Minister Yair Lapid and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett,… Read More

Boycott Earns American Studies Association an ‘F’

The great center of American Jewish opinion has weighed in on the American Studies Association’s Dec. 16 vote to boycott Israeli universities and has found it to be a hostile, hypocritical and offensive decision. We agree. What unites center-right and center-left against the resolution — which incorrectly claims that there is “no effective or substantive… Read More

Ignorant Or Ignoring?

I’m a member of the community here, and I was shocked and dismayed by your editorial, “An Alternative To Peace?” (Dec. 13). … Whining about all the bad things that will happen to Israel if it doesn’t make a comprehensive peace is the same lame argument from J Street, to which I would bet you… Read More

BBYO: The Jewish Youth Organization for You

Post bar or bat mitzvah, many Jewish teens and their parents struggle to keep the fires of Jewish life burning — fires that were sparked at b’nai mitzvah. Through community events and synagogue outreach, teens can continue their involvement in the Jewish community; however, many Jewish teens never find an environment in Judaism that fits… Read More

Shocked

Earlier this month, I attended the funeral of a close friend, Irv Chait, at the Garrison Veterans Cemetery. I was shocked to find that Jewish veterans are buried in a segregated location in the cemetery. If it is right that they serve, fight and die with all other veterans, it should certainly be acceptable that… Read More